Oct 29, 2012 9:00pm PDT
irrelevant. governor romney has changed his position on just about everything throughout his entire career. and that, i believe, bedevils the fact checkers who will say, "well, his official position is this, but then he did that. so it's hard to kw, but you can't really say, this is true because also that's true." if that's the context, if that's what's going on, then i'm not sure what can be learned at all about governor romney because the chances of him saying something different, doing something different once the election comes, based on his behavior during this campaign and while he's been running for president, are extremely high. >> let me give you an example of what people have learned. people know that governor romney is going to increase spending for the military. and that's a coequential difference. they know that president obama is going to increase taxes, where, where governor romney is not if he's elected president. that's an important issue distinction. coming into the last debate, the annenberg survey showed that the public thought that governor romney was more likely to ta
Oct 30, 2012 7:00pm PDT
's the value of debat . >> but look at thbaway it plays out. romney y t say, "yes, i do have a deficit plan. go look on my website. it's there. it's true." which puts the burden on the audience. i wish they would go to your website because they won't find out the answer at mitt romney's website. >> but then we come to the , second part of the process that protects. you heard in the debates candidates saying, "that's not true. check the record. check the transcript," and an invitation essentially to go to ffact checkers and journalism. to the extent that this year we've had a lot of fact checkino in national journalism, a lot more than we've hain previous years. and we know now after the first three debates. last time i talked to you it was, it was only a hypothesis, that the people who said they went to the fact checking sites or went to journalism for fact checking on the web, were more likely to accurately be able to portray the candidates' positions and those exchanges in which somebody was alleging deception. romney, his plan largely doesn't add up. obama did not apologize around the wo
Sep 30, 2012 6:30pm PDT
. ♪ ♪ ♪ the presidential debates are upon us and many people are describing them as mitt romney's last best chance to establish himself as a serious contender worthy of the white house. it's happened before. john kennedy, ronald reagan, george w. bush, all bounced higher in the polls after credible debate performances and went on to win the white house. whatever the outcome, most agree it's the debates that will give us our best opportunity to evaluate these candidates, sort out their positions and separate truth from fiction. not a moment too soon. according to a new survey from the annenberg public policy center at the university of pennsylvania, with a little over a month to go before election day, the public has a lot to learn about the 2012 presidential race. among its findings, only 51% know the romney-ryan plan would preserve traditional medicare for those 55 and older and retain it as an option for those now younger than that. only about half knew that mitt romney would keep the bush tax cuts in place. fewer than half knew that romney and not obama had promised to increase defense spending
Oct 7, 2012 6:30pm PDT
of us were waiting this week for mitt romney and barack obama to connect with reality, to connect with the lives we actually live. it didn't happen. the 90-minute debate went by, for example, without a word about immigration. not a thing said about the countless people trapped in our muddled policy. and this in colorado, a swing state, where both romney and obama have been courting the large hispanic vote. that wouldn't have happened if my guest on this week's broadcast had been moderating the debate, but their participation was rejected by the tiny group of insiders who set the rules. that's a shame because george ram mows and maria elena sorena are two of the most popular journalists. they work for the most important spanish language network in the country, univision. i met them for the first time earlier this week when they were in town to receive the emmy award for lifetime achievement from the national academy of television arts and sciences. here's part of the video presentation that introduced them to the emmy audience. >> they're two of the most well-recognized journalists
Oct 22, 2012 9:00pm PDT
debates so far has the vastness of this astounding inequality gap been discussed. not by mitt romney. who is the embodiment of the predatory world of financial capitalism. and not even by barack obama, whose party once fought for working men and women against the economic loyalists. so just in time, if not too late, comesthisefinitive examinion of inequality. pollute contracts, the rise of the new global supervich and the fall of yaef one else. the author is chrystia freeman, whose journalism is steeped in years of covering robber barons from mexico and india. once deputy editor of the globe and mail in canada and the correspondent for the financial times and the economists she is now the editor of thompson reuters digital. we're joined by matt taibbi who has made the magazi roing one a goo souce f understanding the financial scandals in rural america. who can forget his 2009 article on the great american bubble machine. which describes goldman sachs as a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity relentlessly so jabbing its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.
Oct 20, 2012 5:00am PDT
aboutra that. imagine if barack obama had said, in the debate, this week, you know what governor romney, i think america in the fiftys was a wonderful place. they, too, faced a real budget deficit they had to pay off and the people at the very top were willing to pay a 90% top marginal tax rate. would you be willing to do that governor? imagine if he hadad said that. >> you cover some of the same crowd chrystia isd writing abou but you do with complete irremember advance. do you still gain access to them? or have all the doors breen slammed in your face? >> well, the very, very top people won't talk to me.ve you know, i don't have access to the same people that chrystia may be talking to. but i do talk to a lot of people wall street. in fact, i got started down the road of this whole topic, you know, after i wrote a couple of articles and suddenly there was this outpouring of people from wall street who suddenly wanted to talk to me because they werek upset about the direction that the financial services industry was taking. so i'm hearing a lot from people sort of from the middle on down.
Oct 14, 2012 5:00pm PDT
to the serious business, let's correct the record. big bird isn't the only public broadcaster on whom mitt romney and the conservative propaganda machine have opened hunting season. if you saw bill o'reilly's debate with jon stewart a week or so ago you saw big bill repeatedly trying to use me as the poster child for the federal deficit. >>> we have a president here who believes in social justice, alright. he wants to take your money, my money, the money of the one percent. and he wants to give it -- >> he even came armed with a flash card. >> -- bill moyers. there he is. bill gets it. here's what's ridiculous -- >> i wish i had a poster. >> -- $16 trillion debt and we got to pay for bill moyers? let him compete on his own!" >> nice work, o'reilly. and thanks for the attention. but if you had grown up watching sesame street, you'd know your alphabet by now. and you would know npr is not pbs. i'm on television, just like you. well, not exactly like you. you reside in an alternate reality, where the truth is as elusive as a moonbeam and facts as alien as little green men with bug eyes. your flash c